Top GOPer appears to discount White House run
November 21st, 2010
01:01 PM ET
9 years ago

Top GOPer appears to discount White House run

(CNN) - Republican Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is adamant about running for reelection in Louisiana, but is a little cagier about a run for the White House.

"I'm running for reelection in 2011," Jindal said on NBC's "Meet the Press." "I am running to be governor of Louisiana. There will be other candidates running for president."

When asked if he would consider running as vice president on the Republican ticket in 2012, Jindal left the door open.

"I'm not going to turn down something that's been offered to me," he said. "But I'm not running for vice president."

Jindal managed to stay on message when pressed about a presidential run post-2012.

"My only political aspiration is to be reelected governor for a second term," Jindal said.

He also said former Alaska Republican Gov. Sarah Palin could make a "compelling case" for president.

"I like governors because they have to balance their budgets, they have to run their states," Jindal said.

What's more important for the country than who will run in 2012, he said is for Republicans to "show the American people we've learned our lessons, we deserve to be a majority party again."

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  1. a in austin

    I know Jindal wasn't talking about the state of Texas when he states governors have to balance their budgets. Perry used the state's stimulas $$$ to balance his last budget and his current budget is facing a $20 billion shortfall. Jindal is so bought and paid for by the oil companies as are all officicals in the state of LA and Texas. He continued to speak about how well his state is doing – not. I still don't know why he doesn't go by his given name...just saying.

    November 21, 2010 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  2. Tom

    Jindal refuses to help his own state. How the hell is he going to help the country?

    November 21, 2010 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  3. renee

    it's amazing how this guy reappears on the scene to promote his new book. These repubs are something else. There really is a large, structured effort to bring the prez down by any means necessary. The repubs are content to have the rich get richer and the rest of us commoners bow down. This is a sad state for our country. I can't criticize the prez on anything because i know he's trying hard to include everyone.

    November 21, 2010 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  4. Former Republican - Now Independent

    This sad news indeed.

    Despite his "volcano monitoring waste of money" fiasco in early 2009, Jindal still is by far the best of the current crop of Republican presidential possibilities.

    The Tea Party-GOP might as well declare Sarah Palin their candidate now and get it over with.

    November 21, 2010 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  5. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Who cares what Bobby Jingle Bells says, nobody won'ts him or Palin. Jindal will stay in Louisiana and Palin will take up her rightful residence in Alaska, that is if Alaska doesn't kick her out.

    November 21, 2010 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  6. NVa Native

    So the only one who we know is running is Bubble Girl?

    November 21, 2010 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  7. CNN is the place to sell your books.

    Jindal is a flop. The theme with the GOP is to write a book then pedal the nonsense. Jindal the clownn beg and spent millions on his burmes idea only to see them get flooded by the rising tide. Plus all the machinery that was lost. Jindal was warned by The White House, Coast Guard and the Army Core of Engineers that it would fail. Where is that in his book?

    November 21, 2010 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |